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Plants that complete their life cycle within one year.

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Please identify this pale green weed

It's an annual, growing to about 10-20 cm. It does not seem to flower, unless some of the pale green growths are petals and not leaves; but it does spread. It is easily killed with a hoe, unless it's ...
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Why are my Golden Empire Bidens dying?

3 weeks ago I began my first attempt at keeping plants on my balcony. I chose Lavender, Fuchsia, Margot Robert's and Golden Empire Bidens. All seem to be do well enough with the exception of the GEB. ...
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What's the difference between annual, biennial, and perennial plants?

Before deciding whether to purchase a plant, and how best to plan where to place it, the basic knowledge of how long it lives and how often it blooms is a necessity. What's the difference between ...
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What is this plant grown from a pack of annual seeds (UK)?

I sowed a pack of annual seeds in the flower patch this summer, but the pack did not name the flowers included and I am wondering if anyone can identify what this plant is:
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What do globe amaranth seeds look like, and can I harvest them from dried flowers?

During this past summer I grew a plant with beautiful small, round, bright purple flowers that looked like puffballs. I was told it's called Globe Amaranth. Its height was about six inches, and much ...
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I need to identify this Unusual plant growing in pot in my garden

It has green insignificant fluffy looking flowers growing all down the stem and each one now has a smaller version of the main leaves growing from it! The plant is only about 30 inches tall. It is ...
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Plants for under blue spruce tree

Along the west fence of my yard, just on the other side in the neighbours yard, are three towering blue spruce trees basically stacked on top of each other. Because of this, the grass doesn't grow ...
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Which plant is this?

Which plant is this? It has frosty leaves and white-pink flower and some purple underdeveloped flowers.
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Help required in recognizing plant

Purchased this plant yesterday but dont know the name of this plant.
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Why are my morning glory flowers closing so early?

I love glories, particularly Grandpa Ott glories. They open in the morning, but by noon, they have closed. Is that because it is so hot here in Florida? The leaves showed some yellowing, and I figured ...
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Why are my morning glories stunted/deformed?

I planted some morning glory vines (Ipomea sp.) outdoors in a box about 10 weeks ago (mid-March, I'm in Zone 8) and they've been underperforming the whole time -- the vines are not even a meter long, ...
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What is this annual weed with square stems and purple bracts?

This plant is a low-growing cool season annual. I'm guessing it is in the mint family because of it's square stems, triangular hairy leaves and distinctive odor. The plants are 4-8" tall, and grow ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

My wife is a kindergarten teacher and this year, as an end of year gift for the children, she wanted to give them each a small tomato plant to bring home on the last day of school. She asked me to ...
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What should I consider before vacuum-sealing seeds for storage?

This year I have harvested more seeds than I will use next spring. I plan to vacuum-seal them and I want to know if, except for drying them really well, I should consider anything in particular. ...
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Plausible explanation for abrupt total disappearance of balsam?

Impatiens glandulifera Himalayan balsam is considered a nuisance by some (eg a "prohibited noxious weed" under the Alberta Weed Control Act 2010) but it is colourful and the explosive pods are quite ...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
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Slugs and snails eating lettuce?

I have been trying to grow lettuce and I am having some problems with what I think are slugs and snails, Something appears to be eating my lettuce and it is not growing much. I was wondering if anyone ...
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Keep potted Cardinal Climber plants through the winter?

I grew some Cardinal Climber plants from seed and have them in large pots on my porch. They were marvelously successful and took over the porch. It is beginning to get colder where I am and I am ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Can this wonderful flower, when planted mature, keep away animals and bugs? I have read this on a few sites and want to know if it works. Is it true or even partly true? Has anybody done this ...
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What is this tall plant with large leaves and long bunches of soft pink flowers?

Please can you help me identify this plant. The flowers are soft to touch.
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What is this plant with dark green ovate hairy leaves in my indoor pot?

I'm trying to grow a indoor herbs garden. I have reused soil from flowering pots from another location. The herbs didn't grow at all (I think bad seeds), but in one of the pots this appeared. Here is ...
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What is this plant with almost round leaves with radial veins?

Okay so I went away for Summerfest and I was under the impression that I was growing parsley and cilantro, but then I googled pictures and It doesn't look like either. What did I grow?
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Any guesses what these seedlings are, and whether I should remove them?

A few weeks ago, I cleared the (rather mossy) top inch of soil off a plant trough, weeded the trough, and put in a mix of Commercial Multi-purpose Compost and some "compost" made from organic discards ...
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Will solar lights around my vegetables and flowers be bad for them?

I have a decent size vegetable garden and various annual flowers in my back yard. I recently bought some solar lights and put it around the plants. The lights stays on all night long, and I wonder is ...
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Should I repot the zinnia that's in a crowded pot with some marigolds?

I've always had a green thumb. Not sure how but it's natural to me. I started growing French dwarf marigolds and semi dwarf zinnias from seed early May. They're just now starting to bloom. Because I ...
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What is this small annual with narrow gray/green leaves and rust colored daisy-type flowers?

I live in Massachusetts, zone 6a. Last June, I saw these plants on a clearance table of mixed annuals, none of which had name tags. They were already in bloom. The colors of both the leaves and the ...
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Should I rub my nasturtium seeds with a nail file before planting?

I bought Burpee Nasturtium Fordhook Favorites Mix Nasturtium seeds. Yesterday I planted a few, using the sowing instructions for depth and distance. I obviously hadn't looked closely enough at the ...
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What plant does this seed pod shaped like a bulb with tendrils come from?

What is this plant or flower? Does anyone know what sort of seed/bud this is? I have not seen it before and it's not ringing any bells.
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Why are the leaves of my french marigold wilting and causing the flower to droop?

The leaves of my french marigold are wilting, and the flower droops over due to its weight and skinny stem. (I have positioned the flower to lean against the glass this time). This is the 2nd time ...
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Do petunias have roots in the stems?

I have Wave petunias in a hanging basket. One of the Wave characteristics is that they have long trailing stems with many flowers, which either hang from a pot or lie on the ground, as opposed to some ...
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What are these trailing plants with white flowers?

I was looking for plants to add to containers along with red geraniums (pelargoniums) and came across this photo but after much searching couldn't find any information on what the white trailing ...
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Can I plant sun-loving annual seedlings in partial shade if the area will have full sun in a few weeks?

This is somewhat of a general question, as it applies to several things I'm growing, but to be specific enough, I've chosen to ask it about one plant. I'm in Zone 6 (−5°F, -20°C). I started some ...
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I've read that Sorrel is a permaculture green, but an anual, how does it come back?

How does sorrel come back every year if you pick it all, when people say it's an annual?
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How can I get a Morning Glory that was cut back to flower before the season's end?

My Heavenly Blue Morning Glory was pruned last week just as it began to bloom. Today is September 1. What can I do to save the blooming season?
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

I'm brand, brand new to gardening, and I have a feeling this may be a silly question... but I've found myself wondering it nevertheless. I've bought a basil growing kit (a pot, some soil and some ...
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Can someone identify this weed?

It has been sprouting all over my garden and seems extremely hard to kill. I've been trying to look up information on it but nobody in the area seems to know the name, even though it seems to be ...
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Should I pinch my first celosia blooms?

This is my first year starting annuals from seeds, mainly for containers. I've read that pinching off the first blooms helps the plant produce more blooms and form a bushier habit. I started my seeds ...
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Can you grow Baby's Breath very close to each other?

I was sprinkling some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila elegans) seeds on a planter and I was wondering if it's possible to grow all of them together even though they're very close instead of having to play a ...
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Is there any merit to my wacky idea to grow a Purslane lawn?

I have this wacky idea to plant Purslane instead of grass in my desert yard (zone 7a, 9 inches of rain annually). I'm not keen on having high-maintenance turf; the only grass in the running against ...
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What is a desiccant and is it helpful when saving annual Snapdragon seeds for the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and harvested some Snapdragon seeds to save for planting next spring. I've never done this, but have been told to let them dry, seal them in something airtight such as an ...
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Why does my garden centre say these plants are annuals?

I'm in the UK (so hardiness zone 8/9), and my local garden centre is selling Chrysanthemums and Michaelmas daisies, labelled as "one season only". I'm sure as a kid my gran had (the same) ...
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Why are the leaves on my annuals turning purple?

I've got a bunch of annuals and they aren't doing very well. The leaves and flowers are turning brown and purple. Any ideas?
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What should I do to make my strawberry a perennial?

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-tristar-strawberries-45860.html says that Strawberries grow as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on the ...
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What is the difference between light and dark moonflower seeds?

I have seen light tan, medium tan, and darkish brown moonflower (Ipomoea Alba) seeds. Is there any difference? Does one plant only make one color of seed? My packet this year only came with light tan ...
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How can I prolong a marigold?

A girl who's graduating just got a pot with a pretty little flower in it from her a capella group as a parting gift. She's about to fly away across the world, so she can't take it with her, so she ...
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What are some low-maintenance vegetables and annuals that take no extra care beyond watering?

We have a fairly short growing season-- last frost mid-May, first frost mid-Sept. This year, it's even more compressed because I'm having a baby in late June (yay!). I want to put an easy garden in ...
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How do I collect annual Dahlia seeds?

I have an annual Dahlia and I would like to save some seeds for next year. I've heard it is easy, but I don't know how to do it. Most of the flowers have dropped their petals. The plants are about 8" ...